I know, the title, sounds really exciting for a Monday, doesn’t it? LOL!
But let me dig a little deeper here. It’s Monday, you could use some brain cells for the week. K?
You see, when Annelies asked me if I wanted to help work the expo with her a few weeks ago, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
One… I’ve been dying to meet Annelies. We have so many mutual friends and have exchanged several emails. It was a treat to get to me her in real life and work the whole day with her. Side note: Annelies is the online community manager for Attune Foods.
Two.. the hubs and I wanted a night away. Like a real night away. Dinner date, hotel, and you know.. hehe. Sushi night out in Dallas for the win!
Third… I wanted to be able to give back to this great company (attunes). They have done so much for us in the past and are so generous. I am also a HUGE believer in their product. Real FOOD, dedicated kitchen for Gluten free cereals, quality ingredients, etc. I could go on forever here.
And fourth… I wanted to check out the new gluten/allergen free products as well as visit my favorite companies. Like LOVEGROWN granola! So glad I got to catch up with Maddy and give her some LOVE. Gosh I love that company as well. Again, good people, real food, QUALITY ingredients, genuine LOVE!
All these reasons for working the expo definitely made the weekend SUPBERB!
the one thing that blew my mind, more than any NEW product could do, was the people.
Everyone had a story.
Everyone had a journey.. to health or on their way back to health.
People came from across the nation to check out this expo. And yes, the allergy friendly food was plus, but the main reason (I found), was that they wanted to feel normal. They wanted to know that others could relate to what they HAD or WERE going through.
I met moms and dads trying to feed their kids allergy friendly food, yet still trying to give them a “normal” childhood. Not letting them feel deprived, but still getting the nourishment they need.
I met older men and women who had misdiagnosed for 20 years. Who were told their pain and weight loss was just “stomach problems or IBS.” And after 20 plus years of feeling crappy (pun intended), they are regaining their health back.
I met newly diagnosed men and women who had no clue what to eat, what to cook, etc. and just felt at a loss with food choices.
All these stories, they broke my heart, but it also made me realize that we are here to support. To lend a ear. To give a hug. To encourage! I loved sharing my story and giving hope to others.
An allergy or disease doesn’t have to limit you, in fact, it can help expand your options! And nourishment? Yes, that does exist! With the right food, real food, quality food.
I could go on and on about this weekend, but the bottom line is I am thankful. Thankful for the many health issues that allowed me to EXPAND my options, meet great people, great companies, and discover a new love for health.
Cheers to that my friends!
I’ll be doing a few reviews of a few products I scouted out at the Expo, but for now I’ll leave you with my thoughts.
I know, a lot mushy words. Haha. It is mushy Monday! Or I guess you could call it a Marvelous Monday thanks to Katie.
Did you experience some unexpected thankfulness this weekend?
I do realize my grammar is all over the place in this post. Don’t judge, I’m embracing it!
Huge congrats to our friend Kelly who placed 2nd at World Champs this weekend!!!